Sky Sports are reporting that Joe Hart could join West Ham United on loan, as the England international’s wage demands are complicating a permanent deal. Continuing the Hammers’ raid for City rejects; this rumour follows on from the free transfer of Pablo Zabaleta and continued interest in Kelechi Iheanacho.
Hart has had it rough at the City of Manchester Stadium since Pep Guardiola’s arrival. The goalkeeper was forced to spend the 2016/17 season on loan at Serie A’s Torino. While neither City goalie was impressive last season; Hart’s opportunity to re-join the side is effectively over. With Manchester City recently signing Brazilian goalkeeper, Ederson, for £34.7million from Benfica.
Following Saturday’s disappointing performance against Scotland, where Hart conceded two late free kicks, he’s admitted that no club has yet to make an offer for his services.
"I would love to give you a poker-straight answer, but I've got nothing at the moment because I think people are focused on international duty and respecting that players are focusing on international duty,
"Come Tuesday night, I don't know how everyone else finishes, after that is when conversations can be had and people can start being real.
"I need an offer first and then I need to work out my options if I have choices. I want to be playing at the highest possible level, pushing myself.
"It's a short career. I want to push everything out of me. Physically I feel in great condition and I want to go again."
Social media reaction from West Ham fans has been positive thus far:
If West Ham can bring in Joe Hart next season, I'd be a very happy Hammer ⚒️#COYI— Jack Kavanagh (@JackKavanagh) June 12, 2017
Joe Hart to West Ham would be a great signing. Instantly means he won't be picked for England anymore which is good news all round.— Alex King (@AlexJamesKing) June 12, 2017
I stand by what I said before. Joe Hart would be an unbelievable signing for us.— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) June 12, 2017
Hart to West Ham would suit both parties, he’s just turned 30 and is looking for regular football in the Premier League. Meanwhile, the Irons need to improve the position after a season of mixed fortunes with our current crop of keepers.
Let’s make this deal happen!